An Elusive Victorian: The Evolution of Alfred Russel Wallace by Martin Fichman PDF

By Martin Fichman

Codiscoverer of the speculation of evolution via typical choice, Alfred Russel Wallace might be famous as one of many titans of Victorian technological know-how. as a substitute he has lengthy been relegated to a secondary position at the back of Darwin. Worse, many students have ignored or maybe mocked his major contributions to different features of Victorian tradition. With An Elusive Victorian, Martin Fichman offers the 1st finished analytical learn of Wallace's lifestyles and arguable highbrow career.

Fichman examines not just Wallace's medical paintings as an evolutionary theorist and box naturalist but additionally his philosophical issues, his involvement with theism, and his dedication to land nationalization and different sociopolitical reforms comparable to women's rights. As Fichman indicates, Wallace labored all through his existence to combine those humanistic and clinical pursuits. His target: the advance of an evolutionary cosmology, a unified imaginative and prescient of humanity's position in nature and society that he was hoping might make sure the dignity of all individuals.

To display the numerous features of this compelling determine, Fichman not just reexamines Wallace's released works, but additionally probes the contents of his lesser recognized writings, unpublished correspondence, and copious annotations in books from his own library. instead of contemplate Wallace's technology as particular from his sociopolitical commitments, An Elusive Victorian assumes a together invaluable dating among the 2, one that formed Wallace into essentially the most memorable characters of his time. totally situating Wallace's wide-ranging paintings in its old and cultural context, Fichman's cutting edge and insightful account will curiosity historians of technological know-how, faith, and Victorian tradition in addition to biologists.

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